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December 6th, 2021

Bargain Finder 324: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Graf & Sons — Major Year-End Sightron Optics Sale

sigthron sale
High quality scopes at 25% savings — Forum members praise Sightrons

Sightron scopes offer excellent performance for the price, and are used by successful competitors in many shooting disciplines. With a wide range of scope styles and power ranges you can find a Signtrong to fit your purpose — whether hunting, varminting, or competition. For a limited time, you can pick up a fine Sightron scope at major savings, during the Sightron sale at Graf’s. Through the end of the year, nearly all the Sightron scopes are 25% off, with a few discounted over 30%! Sightron spotting scopes and binoculars are also discounted up to 25%.

2. Midsouth — RCBS Rebel Master Reloading Kit, $389.99

rcbs master reloading kit sale
Awesome Deal — Save $100 now on full RCBS Reloading Package

If you are just getting started in hand-loading, the RCBS Rebel Master Reloading Kit offers everything you need to load pistol or rifle ammunition. This Rebel Master Kit includes: Rebel Single Stage Reloading Press, Uniflow-III Powder Measure, 1500 grain digital pocket scale, hand priming tool, Speer #15 manual, powder funnel, fold-up hex key set, accessory handle 2 with case neck brushes, primer pocket brushes, deburring tool, case loading block and case slick spray lube. Don’t hesitate — this week Midsouth has slashed the price of this kit by a full $100.00 — a 20% savings.

3. Midsouth — Lee APP Press & Lee Automatic Case Primer Sale

lee app priming sale
Lee APP Press and ACP perform specialized tasks superbly at low cost

The Lee APP and the Lee ACP both offer outstanding functionality for the price. The Lee APP (Automatic Processing Press) can efficiently handles many reloading tasks, including sizing and bullet seating. It’s a good choice for pistol calibers in particular. The Lee Automatic Case Primer (ACP) machine can decap and prime just about any pistol or rifle caliber on the market with ease. Both tool can speed up repetitive tasks dramatically, with a very modest investment. The Lee APP is on sale now at Midsouth for just $79.49 while the Lee ACP is $74.99 on sale.

4. Sportsman’s — Savage Axis XP Scope Combo, $314.99

savage rifle sale
Great deal on reliable hunting rifles complete with scopes

Right now at Sportsman’s Warehouse you can get quality hunting rifles complete with a 4-20x40mm scope for just $329.99 — a great deal. These Savage Axis XP rifles come in a wide range of popular chamberings including .223 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win, .308 Win, and .30-06 SPRG. The Savage Axis XP Scope Combo rifles feature a black synthetic stock and carbon steel, sporter-contour, button-rifled barrel. Each rifle includes a mounted and bore-sighted Bushnell 4-12x40mm scope.

5. Amazon — Frankford Universal Bullet Seating Die, $65.99

frankford arsenal universal seating die
Smart new Die System simplifies loading multiple cartridge types

Are you tired of buying another expensive seating die every time you try a new cartridge type? With the unique Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die you can have one die that loads multiple cartridge types. This clever bullet seating system includes 3 different stems and 9 sleeves allowing you to seat .224 to .338-caliber bullets with this one multi-caliber tool. Forum members using this system have praised it. NOTE: the universal seating die comes with the .308-caliber sleeve pre-installed. The other 8 sleeves are provided in the box.

6. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Folding Reloading Stand, $144.75

folding reloading stand
Very handy folding bench can handle multiple tasks

Not everybody has a dedicated reloading room. For those with limited space here is a good option. The Frankford Arsenal Platinum Series Reloading Stand can handle a press and a powder measure at the same time. This highly adaptable bench also features collapsible shelves that create more space and tuck away for easy storage. When folded, this reloading stand can fit in a closet or a RV storage compartment.

7. Midsouth — Nosler 6.5 Creedmoor Brass 100ct, $94.99

nosler brass sale
Good quality brass available while premium brands out of stock

Here’s good deal for those who shoot the ultra-popular 6.5 Creedmoor chambering. Quality Nosler 6.5 Creedmoor brass is on sale now at $94.99 for 100 cases. That’s a pretty good deal when you consider that many other good brands of 6.5 Creedmoor brass are out of stock nearly everywhere. This Nosler brass will work well for hunters and PRS/NRL shooters.

8. Amazon — Digi-Sense Temperature Strips 10pk, $22.36

barrel temperature strips
Extend barrel life by monitoring temps with stick-on strips

Knowing how hot your barrel is getting is critical to maintaining a healthy barrel and getting the most out of your gun. Monitoring barrel heat is important when doing load development, when shooting in competition, and when varminting. We recommend placing adhesive temp-monitor strips on your valuable barrels. These Digi-Sense Reversible 7-Point Horizontal 86-140F temperature stickers have worked well for our staffers. Simply apply the strip on the barrel close to your action and you can quickly see your barrel temp.

9. 5.11 Tactical — Range Master Backpack Set 33L, $94.49

5.11 tactical sale
Quality specialized backpacks and cases for shooters on sale

Here’s a good way to haul your gear to the range. The 33L 5.11 Tactical Range Master Backpack Set holds handguns, spotting scopes, ammo, wind meters, and other gear. This 5.11 Backpack Set comes complete with companion pistol case and two smaller zip-top carriers, providing multiple ways to organize your pistols, ammo, mags, holster, and other gear. The large case will hold the included Single Pistol Case, and included small and medium Range Master pouches. The large case features external MOLLE web strips.

10. Amazon — Allnice Digital Calipers, $19.99

Allnice Digital Caliper 0-6 calipers
Effective digital read-out calipers at bargain price

Every handloader needs a set of calipers for multiple reloading/measurement tasks. In fact we recommend you have at least two sets of calipers, one being an inexpensive unit that you can take to the range. These $19.99 Allnice Digital Calipers fill the bill. These calipers feature stainless steel construction and a large digital readout. User reviews have been quite positive, with 88% four- or five-star ratings.

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December 1st, 2021

Clean-22 — CCI Rimfire Ammo with Polymer-Coated Bullets

CCI Clean 22 Bullets

In 2019 CCI introduced a new type of .22 LR rimfire ammunition. CCI’s innovative Clean-22 Ammo features polymer-coated bullets. This is actually a pretty important development. The bullet coating on CCI’s Clean-22 ammo provides three main benefits:

1. Copper fouling in the barrel is greatly reduced.
2. Lead fouling in the barrel is greatly reduced.
3. Lead build-up in suppressors is reduced by 60-80%.

CCI now offers three versions of Clean-22 rimfire ammunition: High Velocity (#944CC, 40gr, 1235 FPS MV), Subsonic (#934CC, 40gr, 1070 FPS MV), and Suppressor (#980CC, 45gr, 1000 FPS). These all feature lead bullets with polymer coatings. The High Velocity ammo has red-coated bullets, the Subsonic has blue-coated bullets, and the Suppressor version has black-coasted bullets. MSRP is $12.99 for 100 rounds of Subsonic, $11.99 for 100 rounds of Hi-Vel, and $35.99 for 200 rounds of Suppressor variant. There is also a special 400rd Christmas pack of Clean-22 Hi-Vel ammo with Red and GREEN coated bullets. List price is $48.99 for item #946XMAS.

Clean-22 High Velocity: 1235 FPS | Clean-22 Subsonic: 1070 FPS

CCI Clean 22 Bullets
CCI Clean-22 .22 LR rimfire ammo ammunition polymer coated bullets

CCI Clean 22 Bullets CCI Clean 22 Bullets

Clean-22 Ammo with Polymer-Coated Bullets
Clean-22 uses an exclusive polymer bullet coating to greatly reduce copper and lead fouling in the barrel without leaving a residue. It also cuts lead buildup in suppressors 60 to 80 percent. Both the Sub-Sonic and High Velocity loads feature a 40-grain round nose lead bullet with geometry that’s been optimized for accuracy. With dependable CCI priming and consistent propellant, Clean-22 provides reliable cycling through semi-automatics and all 22 LR firearms.

This CCI Clean-22 .22 LR ammunition received an On Target Magazine Editor’s Choice Award in 2019.
CCI Clean-22 .22 LR rimfire ammo ammunition polymer coated bullets

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November 30th, 2021

Wrong Cartridge in Chamber — What Can Happen

Ruptured Cartridge Case

If you don’t match your ammo to your chamber, bad things can happen, that’s for sure. A while back, Forum member BigBlack had an experience at the gun range that reminds us of the importance of safety when shooting. He encountered evidence that someone had fired the wrong cartridge in a 7mm WSM rifle. The problem is more common than you may think. This Editor has personally seen novices try to shoot 9mm ammo in 40 S&W pistols. BigBlack’s story is along those lines, though the results were much more dramatic. It’s too bad a knowledgeable shooter was not nearby to “intervene” before this fellow chambered the wrong ammo.

7mm-08 is Not the Same as a 7mm WSM
BigBlack writes: “I know this has probably been replayed a thousand times but I feel we can never be reminded enough about safety. This weekend at the range I found a ruptured case on the ground. My immediate thoughts were that it was a hot load, but the neck area was begging for me to take a closer look, so I did. I took home the exploded case and rummaged through my old cases until I found a close match. From my investigative work it appears someone shot a 7mm-08 in a 7mm WSM. Take a look. In the above photo I’ve put together a 7mm WSM case (top), the ruptured case (middle), and a 7mm-08 case (bottom).”

The photo reveals what probably happened to the 7mm-08 case. The shoulder moved forward to match the 7mm WSM profile. The sidewalls of the case expanded outward in the much larger 7mm WSM chamber until they lacked the strength to contain the charge, and then the case sides ruptured catastrophically. A blow-out of this kind can be very dangerous, as the expanding gasses may not be completely contained within the action.

Can’t Happen to You? Think Again.
This kind of mistake — chambering the wrong cartridge — can happen to any shooter who is distracted, who places even a single wrong round in an ammo box, or who has two types of ammo on the bench. One of our Forum members was testing two different rifles recently and he picked up the wrong cartridge from the bench. As a result, he fired a .30-06 round in a .300 Win Mag chamber, and the case blew out. Here is his story:

“I took two of my hunting rifles I have not used for over 25 years to the range yesterday to get new scopes on paper, a .30-06 and .300 Win Mag. I had four boxes of old Winchester factory ammo (two of each cartridge), which had near identical appearances. I accidentally chambered a .30-06 round in the Sako .300 Win Mag rifle. It sprayed powder on my face and cracked the stock at the pistol grip. If I had not been wearing safety glasses I might be blind right now.

Safety eyewear glasses
You should always wear protective eyewear, EVERY time you shoot.

“I feel lucky and am very thankful for being OK — other than my face looks funny right now. I am also grateful for learning a valuable lesson. I will never put two different cartridges on the bench at the same time again.”

READ More about this incident in our Shooters’ Forum.

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November 29th, 2021

Bargain Finder 323: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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CYBER MONDAY Special Edition

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Midsouth — RCBS ChargeMaster Lite Scale/Dispenser, $179.99

rcbs chargemaster lite sale
Save on this very popular Scale/Dispenser with this special Cyber Weekend price. The price goes back to $234.99 on Tuesday!

Here’s a killer Cyber Monday deal — but you better grab this right away, the price goes up $55 tomorrow! The RCBS ChargeMaster Lite is one of the most popular electronic powder scale/dispensers for good reason. Featuring an easy-to-use digital keypad, large powder hopper, accuracy to +/- one-tenth of a grain, and good reliability, this machine will help you load more accurate charges AND save time.

2. KYGUNCO — Stevens 12ga Defensive Shotguns under $220

kygunco stevens model 320 12 ga shotgun home defense pump
Rugged 12ga Pump shotguns with nice features at crazy low prices

Stevens makes good, reliable shotguns. Here is a great opportunity to grab a good 12ga defensive shotgun with nice features for under $220. Choose the Stevens 320 Security with Ghost Ring Sights for $198.44 (cash price) or the Stevens 320 Security with pistol grip, heat shield, and scope rail for $219.72 (cash price). Note, these are Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and the price may go up.

3. Harbor Freight — 8-Drawer Wood Tool Chest, $84.99

AccurateShooter Deals of week bargain discount savings Wood Tool Chest Harbor Freight
Handsome wood chest is great for holding small tools

This Wood Tool Chest makes a great addition to your reloading room. The eight (8) drawers can hold the many small tools and accessories used for hand-loading, such as bushings, shims, uniforming tools, mandrels, neck-turners and more. A deeper top compartment (under the lid) holds wrenches and other larger tools. The price is just $84.99 at Harbor Freight. A lockable sliding wood panel fits in place to cover the drawers when not in use. This locking panel also secures the drawers during transport.

4. Midsouth — Aguila Super Extra .22 LR Ammo, $3.99 for 50rds

Aguila .22 LR rimfire 22LR ammo ammunition bargain
Decent .22 LR rimfire ammo at pre-Pandemic price

Well this is encouraging — $3.99 for a 50ct box of decent .22 LR rimfire ammo. We haven’t seen that kind of price in a long time. This Aguila Super Extra Hi-Vel (1255 fps) 40gr ammunition is decent training ammo for NRL22 matches or good fodder for fun plinking on reactive targets. Order soon before Midsouth sells out. This price works out to just 8 cents per round

5. MidwayUSA — Tipton Best Gun Vise + Wheeler Gunsmithing Screwdriver Set, both for $84.99

tipton best gun vise wheeler gunsmithing screwdriver set
Outstanding gun vise PLUS a 43-piece gunsmithing driver set

This is a great combo kit for working on your rifles and shotguns. And right now you can save $40! The Tipton gun vise is stable, and offer plenty of storage for solvents, patches, small tools and parts. The vise can adapt to hold a variety of long guns, including ARs. Along with the Best Vise, you get a full 43-piece screwdriver kit that has 40 bit options: standard (flat) (21), Phillips (4), Allen (10), and Torx (5). The adjustable handle is nicely designed and comfortable.

6. Creedmoor — Radians Vertex Nano Electronic Earplugs, $89.95

vertex nano radians ear buds earplugs hearing protection creedmoor sports
Electronic plugs protect hearing while keeping range commands audible

Radians’ advanced Vertex Nano electronic earplugs provide responsive NRR 25 hearing protection. Fast 0.02 second-reaction time protects against loud gunshots and other impulse noises. With these Electronic Earplugs, Radians includes TWO full sets of batteries. Creedmoor’s Brent Books notes: “The most popular hearing protection we had at the National Matches this year was the Radians Vertex Nano Electronic Earplugs. These are what I personally use because they don’t get in the way like muffs do, I’m able to hear range commands and folks speaking to me, and they’re comfortable. The 2 modes for standard and enhanced amplification and easy on and off make them perfect for any scenario. Just be sure to roll the foam tightly before inserting … to make a good seal and pop the battery cover before putting away.”

7. Big Shot Tumblers — FREE Shipping through December 5, 2021

Big Shot Tumblers free shipping black friday sale F-Class John
GREAT for high-volume wet or dry tumbling, now with FREE shipping

Forum member F-Class John offers the superb, high-capacity Big Shot Tumblers in two high-capacity sizes, BST-40 and BST-60. These Big Shot Tumblers put lesser machines to shame. If you regularly tumble large quantities of cases (wet OR dry), you should definitely get a Big Shot Tumbler. These start at $380 for the 40-lb capacity BST-40 model. Now through 12/5/2021, you can get FREE SHIPPING on your orders. Use coupon Code BIGSHIP during check-out.

8. PSA/Bear Insurance — Free AR Lower with Insurance Policy

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Free AR-15 Lower with purchase of gun liability policy

Here is an interesting offer from Right To Bear Insurance which provides legal protection to gun owners. Insurance Plans provide multi-State Civil/Criminal defense liability coverage starting at $115 per year. As a Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion, Right to Bear is offering a free PSA AR-15 lower with a new policy (first 10k policies). Alternatively, the company will provide a $40 credit with Palmetto State Armory (PSA).

9. Amazon — Jialitte Scope Bubble Level, $10.99

Scope Optic bubble level 30mm 1
Great price for handy product every rifle shooter can use

All serious rifle shooters need a scope level. This nicely designed Jialitte Scope Bubble Level features a 30mm milled inside diameter, plus an inner insert ring so it will also fit 1″-diameter main tubes — that dual-diameter versatility is a nice feature. We also like the way the unit is nicely radiused, and has a low profile in the middle. Price is just $10.99 with free shipping. User reviews have been very positive. You could easily pay $35.00 or more for a 30mm scope level.

10. Amazon — Silicone Gun Socks with Multiple Sizes, From $4.74

silicone gun sock gun safe rust prevention
Long guns should be in gun socks or borestores when in gunsafes

Winter is here, so many folks will soon stow their guns away for months until spring. Sadly, some folks put guns in a safe only to find rust on them months later. Avoid rust and corrosion by using these Lockdown silicone treated socks. Offered in assorted sizes for pistols, rifles, and shotguns, prices range from $4.74 (pistol) to $13.40 (scoped rifle). That’s a modest investment for guns worth thousands. We also recommend using Eezox or other good corrosion inhibitor on metal parts plus a Goldenrod inside the safe.

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November 29th, 2021

Cyber Monday Deals — Quick-Links to 20 Vendors with SALES

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Cyber Monday may be the best day of the year to find bargains on computers, TVs, smartphones, and other digital/electronic products. But it’s also a good shopping days for guns, optics, reloading equipment, hunting gear, and other shooting-related products. Here are links to 20 companies all running special Cyber Monday discounts and/or free shipping.

Don’t hesitate. Some of these deals are for today only. Other discount programs run through the week.

CLICK Links Below to Visit Vendor Sale Pages


Area419

Brownells

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Aero Precision

Bereli.com

KYGUNCO

Rainier Arms

Optics Planet

Guns.com

Sportsmans Guide

EuroOptic

Creedmoor Sports

Palmetto State Armory

Dvor

Primary Arms

Trueshot Gun Club

Buck Knives

5.11 Tactical

Daniel Defense

Beretta

Among the many Cyber Monday offers, Creedmoor Sports is offering FREE shipping on $149+ orders through December 6, 2021. This FREE Shipping can save you plenty with larger, heavier and bulky items.

Cyber Monday gun sales optics creedmoor free shipping

Brownells has special Cyber Monday Discount Codes that can save you big bucks on most of the products in stock. But act soon — these Codes expire 11/29/2021 at 11:59 pm CST.

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November 29th, 2021

A Worthwhile Wildcat — the 6mm-223 for XTC Competition

6mm 223 sinclair

Intro: Ron Dague wanted a new gun that was similar to his trusty .223 Rem rifle, but which fired 6mm bullets. There is a superb choice of bullets in this caliber, and Ron found that the 95gr Berger VLD could be driven to a healthy 2604 FPS by the small .223 Rem case. This 6mm wildcat based on the common .223 Remington offers excellent accuracy and very low recoil — something very important in the cross-the-course discipline. In addition, Ron’s 95gr load with Alliant Reloder 15 delivered an ES of just 4 fps over ten shots. That exceptionally low ES helps achieve minimal vertical dispersion at 600 yards.

6mm 223 Across the course McMilland stock Ron Dague Sinclair InternationalBy Ron Dague, Sinclair Reloading Tech
From Sinclair’s GunTech Articles Archive

I have watched a change in thinking for NRA High Power across the course in match rifles and calibers. There are several [popular chamberings]: 6mm AR, 6.5 Grendel, 6XC, and 6.5 Creedmoor. I have seen these rifles perform and all have done very well.

When I started this project I was looking for a cartridge that shoots and feeds well from a magazine[.] I had shot the .223 Rem in my 722 Remington and knew it had fed well so I chose the .223 Remington necked up to 6mm.

The 6mm-223 gives me what I have in the standard .223 only with a better selection of bullets. I wanted a better 600-yard bullet with a higher BC than provided by the 80 and 82 grain bullets. I also wanted a 600-yard line bullet with a .500 or better B.C. for those shots that should be 10 ring or better but seem to find the 9 ring no matter how well I held and broke the shot.

6mm 223 sinclairPutting the 6mm-233 Project Together
My project started with ordering a 6mm barrel from Bartlein with a 1-8″ twist. I called Pacific Tool and ordered the 6mm-223 reamer. I found a used Remington 700 action at a local gun shop and already had a Remington 40X stock. I then started putting the gun together.

I already had a .223 Remington match rifle, and I wanted the 6mm-223 to be as close to the same as I could make it. I installed the barreled action in a wood 40X stock to work up load data and work out any magazine feeding issues. While I was working on that, I looked for a McMillan Baker Special stock and finally found one to finish this project. I bedded the action and stock, then took the rifle to the range to check zeros on the sights and scope. I was surprised that I didn’t have to change anything on the sights. I thought changing the stock would cause sight changes. The thought went through my head, “Maybe the 40X stock isn’t all that bad”.

Here’s line-up of 6mm bullets. The Berger 95gr VLD is in the middle.
berger 6mm bullet hornady sierra line up 6mm 233

I took the new rifle to the first match of the year, a National Match Course match, and my off-hand score was 83, rapid sitting 95, rapid prone 95, and slow fire prone 197 — for total aggregate 470. This may not be my best work, but on match day the wind was blowing about 15 mph and the temp was around 40° F, with rain threatening. This was a reduced course of fire — we shot at 200 and 300 yards on reduced targets.

I used 70gr Berger bullets for this match, loaded in Remington brass with 25 grains of VihtaVuori N540 and Federal 205M primers. When I worked up loads for this rifle, N540 gave the best accuracy with the best extreme spread — 2,950 fps with an extreme spread of 20 fps on a 10-shot string. The load for 600 yards was with a 95gr Berger VLD bullet, with 23.0 grains of Reloder 15, Lapua cases, and the same Federal 205M primers. This load is 2,604 fps, with an extreme spread of 4 fps over a 10-shot string. I’ve shot this load at several 3×600 yard matches, and the accuracy has proven to be very good. At the last 3×600 match, my scores were as follows: 199-10x and 198-11X with scope, and 193-10X with iron sights. Best 600-yard score so far with iron sights was 198-12X.

6mm-223 Rem Rifle Specifications: 700 BDL action and floor plate, Bartlein 6mm 1:8″ twist, McMillan Baker Special stock in Desert Camo, Centra front and rear sights, Ken Farrell bases with stripper clip guide, Sinclair hand stop, and Jewell trigger. Gunsmith Neil Keller helped me with the metal work and instructed me on the action work and rebarreling.

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November 27th, 2021

Beyond Bushings — Benefits of Honed Full-Length Dies

Honed FL Forster Whidden Full-length dies
For some applications, we prefer a non-bushing FL die over a bushing die. Shown here are three Forster full-length sizing dies, with necks honed to three different dimensions: 0.265″, 0.266″, and 0.267″.

The Honed Full-Length Sizing Die Option

There are many good options in full-length (FL) sizing dies. Most precision hand-loaders prefer FL dies with neck bushings. These let you adjust the “grip” on your bullet by using larger or smaller bushings. FL bushing dies are available from Whidden Gunworks, Forster, Redding and other makers.

Conventional, non-bushing full-length sizing dies can create ultra-accurate ammo with very low run-out. But many conventional non-bushing FL dies have an undersized neck diameter so you end up with excess neck tension, and you work the brass excessively.

There is another effective option, one that promises extremely low run-out. The honed FL die is a full-length sizing die that has the necked honed to provide a precise fit to the case-neck. When done right, honed FL dies produce extremely straight ammo — as there are no issues with bushing alignment (or bushings that are not perfectly concentric). This Editor owns honed dies from Forster, Redding, and Whidden Gunworks. They all perform extremely well, delivering match ammunition with extremely low run-out measured with a 21st Century Concentricity Gauge.

In one of the most popular articles we’ve ever published, Bugholes from Bipod, California shooter “Froggy” explained why he prefers honed dies for his tactical ammo.

Q: Do you FL size every time? Do you use custom dies?

Absolutely, I full length resize all of my brass every time I reload. And guess what? I’ve never had a feeding problem.

I do use a modified sizing die, without bushings. My FL resizing die has been custom-honed in the neck area to give .0015″ press fit on the bullet. I also put a slightly larger radius at the neck shoulder junction. I feel that this helps to seal the chamber. With this die, I get consistent neck tension every time–without bushings. Bushings are useful when you’re fishing around for a good load. But once you find the right amount of sizing for ideal neck tension, you can do this better with a customized FL die.

6.5 Guys Review Forster Honed Full-length Dies
The 6.5 Guys have reviewed honed FL sizing dies from Forster, explaining the pros and cons of this type of reloading die. They explained that, if you load a wide variety of bullets from different manufacturers, you many want to stick with a Bushing FL die. However, if you have settled on a particular bullet and found the “ideal” neck tension, then a honed die may make sense.

In this Gear Update, the 6.5 Guys discuss a service offered by Forster Products to custom hone the neck diameter of its full-length sizing dies to the customer’s specifications (to the thousandth). Whidden Gunworks also offers custom-honed FL dies.

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November 26th, 2021

Black Friday Special Deals — Big Savings

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Midsouth Shooters — Black Friday Bargains

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Midsouth Shooters is running a great Black Friday sale this year. If you need an electronic scale/dispenser, grab the RCBS ChargeMaster Lite for just $179.99, the lowest price you’ll find anywhere. And if you need .224 caliber bullets for varmint work or training, Midsouth is now offering FIVE Thousand 55gr bullets for just $399.99 — that works out to just $8.00 per 100, an amazing deal. There are many other great bargains at Midsouth currently. NOTE: It appears these deals are good through Monday.

MidwayUSA — Cyber Week Sale

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MidwayUSA offers FREE SHIPPING for orders over $49 with Code CYBERFS4921.

There are scores of bargains offered through MidwayUSA’s Cyber Week Sale (8 Days of Savings). There are new deals every day through 11/29/2021. You’ll find deep discounts on optics, reloading equipment, hunting gear and factory ammo on MidwayUSA’s Cyber Week Sale Page. NOTE you get FREE Shipping for orders over $49 with Code CYBERFS4921. Here are some of the best Black Friday Deals:

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Cutting Edge Bullets — 20% Off All Bullets

Cutting Edge Bullets Black Friday

At Cutting Edge Bullets you can get 20% off of your entire order with code BLK2021 at checkout. This Sale ends Sunday, November 28th at midnight. Get this deal by ordering direct from Cuttingedgebullets.com.

Bass Pro & Cabela’s — Black Friday CyberWeek Sale

Bass Pro Cabela's Black Friday sale discount

Hundreds of products are on sale right now at Bass Pro and Cabela’s. Hunters will find bargains on camo gear, packs, boots, trail cams and more. In addition a variety of optics are deeply discounted, including Vortex and Cabela’s house brand binoculars and spotting scopes. One great deal we noted is the Savage Axis XP rifle with Weaver 3-9x40mm scope. This camo-stocked hunting rig is just $249.97 after applicable $75 Savage Rebate. Yes that includes the scope! That’s a steal for a capable deer rifle.

Brownells Black Rifle Friday Sale and Giveaway

Brownells AR rifle Black Friday sale discount contest giveaway

Brownells’ Black Rifle Friday Page has great deals on uppers, lowers, AR components, magazines, and optics. Sale prices are good through 11/28/2021. The Grand Finale of the Black Rifle Friday will be on Monday, November 29th, with additional special deals and exclusives. And you can also enter to win one of four (4) $1,000 Brownells gift cards. Go to the Brownells Grand Giveaway Entry Page.

Academy Sports — $400 Off Cannon 43-Gun Safe Today Only!

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This could be the best deal on a large gun safe we’ve seen all year. This Cannon 43-gun safe (with 30 min fire rating) normally retails for $999.99. Today only, Black Friday (11/26/21), this big safe is just $599.99 — a $400.00 savings. This is an incredible deal — 40% off retail for ONE DAY ONLY. NOTE: There is also a $20 off $200 discount with Code EM10TS3JKE that might apply (no guarantees on that).

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November 26th, 2021

Twist Rate and Stability — Correcting Common Misconceptions

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Understanding Twist: Bullet Stabilization

by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box for Sierra Bullets Blog.

Based on the questions we get on a daily basis on our 800 (Customer Support) line, twist is one of the most misunderstood subjects in the gun field. So let’s look deeper into this mystery and get a better understanding of what twist really means.

When you see the term 1:14″ (1-14) or 1:9″ twist, just exactly what does this mean? A rifle having a 1:14″ twist means the bullet will rotate one complete revolution every fourteen inches of the barrel. Naturally a 1:9″ turns one time every nine inches that it travels down the barrel. Now, here’s something that some people have trouble with. I’ve had calls from shooters thinking that a 1:14″ twist was faster than a 1:9″ because the number was higher with the 1:14″. The easiest way to remember this is the higher the number, the slower the twist rate is.

Now, the biggest misconception is that if a shooter has a .223 with a 1:8″ twist, his rifle won’t stabilize a 55gr bullet or anything lighter. So let’s look at what is required. The longer a bullet is for its diameter, the faster the twist has to be to stabilize it. In the case of the .223 with a 1:8″ twist, this was designed to stabilize 80gr bullets in this diameter. In truth the opposite is true. A 1:8″ will spin a 55gr faster than what is required in order to stabilize that length of bullet. If you have a bullet with good concentricity in its jacket, over-spinning it will not [normally] hurt its accuracy potential. [Editor’s Note: In addition, the faster twist rate will not, normally, decrease velocity significantly. That’s been confirmed by testing done by Bryan Litz’s Applied Ballistics Labs. There may be some minor speed loss.]

FirearmsID.com barrel rifling diagram
Many barrel-makers mark the twist rate and bore dimensions on their barrel blanks.

Think of it like tires on your truck. If you have a new set of tires put on your truck, and they balance them proper at the tire shop, you can drive down a street in town at 35 MPH and they spin perfect. You can get out on the highway and drive 65 MPH and they still spin perfect. A bullet acts the same way.

Once I loaded some 35gr HP bullets in a 22-250 Ackley with a 1:8″ twist. After putting three shots down range, the average velocity was 4584 FPS with an RPM level of 412,560. The group measured .750″ at 100 yards. This is a clear example that it is hard to over-stabilize a good bullet.

Twist-rate illustration by Erik Dahlberg courtesy FireArmsID.com. Krieger barrel photo courtesy GS Arizona.
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November 25th, 2021

Black Friday Deals — Big Savings from A Dozen Vendors

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Happy Thanksgiving folks. Many major manufacturers and online vendors are offering great bargains tomorrow, Black Friday. And many of the sales start today. We are spotlighting vendors worth visiting because they offer a wide range of discounts on a large inventory selection — in some cases, everything in stock is discounted 10%, 15%, 25% even 40%. For other sellers, only specific items are on sale, so we’ve identified some of the best deals.

Come back regularly, as we will be updating the information as Black Friday sale prices on specific products are released by some vendors late on Thursday.

ScopeList — Save 20% on Top Quality Optics

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Scopelist.com, which is affiliated with EuroOptic, has some very good promotions right now. Some are special Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials, while other deals are good through December 1, 2021. Here are some of the notable special deals that can save you up to 20%:

Sig Sauer Electro-Optics Sale — Get up to 20% Off – Through January 1, 2022
Crimson Trace Optics Sale — Receive up to 20% Off – Through December 25, 2021
Schmidt Bender Riflescope Sale — Save Over $1000 – Limited time offer
Steiner Special In-Cart Rebates Save 20% – Through December 1, 2021
Aimpoint Black Friday Sale — Add to Cart to See Price — Limited time offer

Midsouth Shooters Supply Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale discount Midscouth Shooters

Midsouth is one of our favorite vendors. This company respects its customers and has maintained fair pricing even during the shortages. We will update this listing with specific hot deals as soon as they are posted. Special sale items with discounted prices should be revealed at 12:01 am ET 11/26/2021.

MDT — 10%-40% off all MDT Products including Chassis Systems

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MDT produces very popular chassis systems for bolt-action rifles. These MDT Chassis units are very popular with PRS/NRL competitors because they are strong, versatile, adjustable, and can be easily fitted with bipods, forearm weights, and other accessories. Right now all MDT products are at least 10% off. And the “factory second” chassis systems are now 40% off at Mdttac.com.

Graf & Sons — Big Sightron Sale

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The entire Sightron line-up is on sale now at Grafs.com. Save 25% on most Sightron riflescopes, including the poplar 10-50x60mm SIII scopes which have won major benchrest and F-Class matches. In addition, some great Sightron spotting scopes are 25% off. There are also significant discounts on binoculars, sunshades, and tripods.

Sportsman’s Warehouse — Huge Black Friday Sale

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The Black Friday Sale at Sportsman’s Warehouse is underway right now, and runs through Wednesday December 3, 2020. We saw some great deals on Savage rifles, SIG Sauer optics, Leupold SX-2 spotters, as well as gun safes. A wide selection of hunter camo clothing is also on sale starting 11/25/2021 (Thanksgiving Day). CLICK HERE for compressed layout with 100+ sale items on one page.

K&M Shooting Products — 23% Off with Code THANKFUL23

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K&M Products is running a Thanksgiving/Black Friday special offer, with 23% Off Savings on purchases over $50 (with some exclusions). K&M posted: “Happy Thanksgiving… Feast on 23% Off on $50 or more.” This promotion is good November 24-29, 2021. To get the savings, use Coupon Code THANKFUL23. Mitutoyo products, Arbor Press Case, and Benchtop machines, are excluded.

Bruno Shooters Supply — FREE Shipping for $100 (and up) Orders

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Now through Monday 11/29/21 at noon, Bruno’s Shooters Supply is offering FREE Shipping (within the USA) on all orders of $100 or more. This does not cover items not currently in stock, and the Free Shipping offer excludes hazardous materials and any complete firearm. The Bruno’s storefront will be open half days on Friday and Saturday, 11/26-11/27.

Area 419 — Black Nitride Friday Discounts

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Area 419 is running a “Black Nitride Friday” promotion. There are major savings on a variety of products including Hellfire muzzle brakes, Sidewinder muzzle brakes, suppressor mounts/adaptors, and thread protectors. CLICK HERE for all sale items.

KYGUNCO — Big Savings on Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns and Ammo

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Shown above are just some of the deals, starting Friday. There are great prices on rifles, pistols, and shotguns. If you’re looking for a nice Bergara B-14 HMR .22 LR trainer, this is a good place to shop. NOTE: Prices go into effect on Friday, 11/26/2021. CLICK HERE for a full preview of items that will go on sale. That page has clickable links for particular products (sale prices effective 11/26/21).

Natchez Shooters Supplies — FREE Shipping for $99.99+ Orders

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As a special Black Friday Promotion, Natchez Shooters Supplies is offering FREE Shipping on all orders of $100 or more. Use Code FS211125 to qualify for free shipping. This promotion is good through Monday 11/29/2021 at midnight.

Locked & Loaded — Black Friday Sale

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You’ll find some attractive deals on Rifles, Pistols, and Shotguns at LockedLoaded.com now through CyberMonday at 11:59 pm. This vendor also has substantial stocks of loaded ammunition at better-than-average prices.

L.E. Wilson — Free Shipping November 26 – 28 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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L.E. Wilson will offer FREE shipping on November 26-28, 2021 for orders in the USA. At the top of the L.E. Wilson website it notes: “Black Friday Free Shipping November 26-28th (U.S. Orders) Automatically Applied.” So this offer starts tomorrow, Black Friday, and is good through Sunday, November 28, 2021.

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November 23rd, 2021

How .223 Remington Ammunition Is Made — Production Video

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With ammunition in short supply these days, we know ammo production is on people’s minds. Top industry leaders have said the USA will face ammo shortages well into 2021. So ammo-makers big and small are ramping up production to meet demand. If you’re curious how ammunition is created on the assembly by a relatively small, speciality manufacturer, watch the video below to see the entire process, start to finish.

This video from Fog Ammunition reveals how .223 Rem ammo is made. Starting with boxes of bullets and bags of cartridge brass, this video shows how components are bulk-sorted, then .223 Rem ammunition is produced on a modern, linear multi-stage loading machine. In assembly-line fashion, cases are primed, powder is added, bullets are placed, final seating depth is set, and then the case is crimped.

If you’ve never seen an automated loader in action you should definitely watch this video. With this kind of machine, a new round is produced every second or so (see video 1:15 to 1:55). The .223 Remington ammunition featured in this video is loaded with Sierra BlitzKing bullets. Fog offers both rifle and pistol ammo loaded with quality components.

Video Shows Automated Loading Process Start to Finish (Worth Watching):

Fog Ammunition .223 Remington Rem Ammo loading machine Sierra BlitzKing

Fog Ammunition .223 Remington Rem Ammo loading machine Sierra BlitzKing

Fog Ammunition .223 Remington Rem Ammo loading machine Sierra BlitzKing

Remember when primers were plentiful and priced affordably?
Fog Ammunition .223 Remington Rem Ammo loading machine Sierra BlitzKing

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November 20th, 2021

Brownells Has Many Powders in Stock at Good Prices

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Popular Powders In Stock at Brownells at Reasonable Prices

We all know that reloading powders have been hard to find. And when you do find an appropriate powder, some vendors are asking crazy high prices. Well we’re pleased to report that Brownells has a number of popular powders IN STOCK today (11/20/2021), and the prices are quite fair, starting at $24.99 per pound for Ramshot Competition. Grab some excellent Hodgdon H380 for $33.99 per pound, or IMR 4198 for $38.99 per pound. CLICK HERE to see all available in-stock powders at Brownells today.

Save Money with Brownells Discount Codes

While you’re shopping at Brownells, don’t forget to use one of the current Discount Codes to save money. There are many current codes that can save you up to 10% on your purchase. And with special Pre-Black Friday Code RTC you get $30 off $300 PLUS FREE Shipping and handling through November 23rd at midnight. Fill in the applicable Code during checkout.

Current Brownells Discount Codes:

Code FR6: $85 off $875
Expiration date November 30, 2021

Code FR5: $55 off $575
Expiration date November 30, 2021

Code RTC: $30 off $300 and FREE Shipping/Handling
Expiration Date November 23, 2021 at 11:59pm

Code FR4: $25 off $275
Expiration Date November 30, 2021

Code TAG: $15 off $150
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Code SAE: $15 off $150
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Code PTT: $10 off $100
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Code Q63: Free Shipping/Handling over $99
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November 19th, 2021

Henderson Case Trimmer Reviewed — Fast and VERY Repeatable

Henderson case timer powered Gen 3 brass trimming machine

Our friend and colleague F-Class John tests some of the finest reloading and shooting equipment you can buy. Recently he added the impressive Henderson Gen 3 Powered Trimmer to his inventory of tools. John is now a Henderson fan. He likes the speed, precision, and repeatability of the $779.00 Henderson machine, which trims-to-length and chamfers the case mouth all in one pass. Unlike some other trimming tools, the Henderson indexes off the overall case length NOT the shoulder. John found this worked just fine for his .284 Winchester brass, which has all been full-length sized prior to trimming.

John liked the precision of the Henderson trimmer and the overall design of the machine, which offers good ergonomics and very precise alignment of the cases. Cycling is smooth and positive, as you can see from the videos. Fit over the pilot was fine for John’s .284 Win brass, but he notes that other users may need to expand their case necks appropriately to fit their pilot.

Watch the video to see the Henderson trimmer in action. The dual, parallel horizontal support shafts provide precise alignment of the case as it moves inward toward the cutter blade. The Taper-Lock cutter provides a 14-degree inside chamfer and 30-degree outside chamfer. The trimming process is very consistent case after case, and the Henderson’s design captures brass shavings effectively.

Henderson case timer powered Gen 3 brass trimming machine

Testing Trim Length Consistency — Henderson Shows Superb Repeatability
John did a separate quick test to demonstrate the trim length consistency of the Henderson unit. Measuring with digital calipers, John found that he could easily hold case overall trim lengths within .001″ (one-thousandth). The consistency was excellent even when trimming cases very quickly. When trimming .003″ off his cases, John said the Henderson showed superb repeatability. Henderson promises the trimmer “will repeat to within 0.002″ with same brand brass”, and John was able to hold 0.001″ length consistency.

Another Henderson owner posted: “I love mine. I like [the] consistent trim length with the positive stop. [Doing] the trim, chamfer, and debur all in one step sure makes the process nice and easy! I also immediately noticed the problem with the pilot on the cutting head with my sized cases. I just polished the pilots on my cutting heads with some fine grit sand paper a little at a time till I got it perfect for my preferred neck tension setting! I’m very pleased with my purchase of the Henderson precision trimmer.”

Henderson Power Trimmer vs. Giraud Power Trimmer

Henderson case timer powered Gen 3 brass trimming machineAfter he tested his new Henderson trimmer, F-Class John compared the pros and cons of the Henderson vs. his other high-volume power trimmer, a Giraud. He likes both machines, but now favors the Henderson for trimming his .284 Winchester match brass. He found that his ES/SD dropped a bit for brass trimmed with the Henderson vs. brass trimmed with the Giraud. With the Henderson-trimmed brass, John achieved an ES of 15 fps for 49 shots. That’s mighty impressive (see photo at right).

But the Giraud does have it’s advantages. It can work with calibers above .338, and it is very fast. One viewer of this video commented: “The Giraud is insanely fast if you aren’t only loading insane precision ammo. I borrowed one when I first started reloading and immediately ordered one. I’ve trimmed somewhere between 40-50k .223 cases. You can just rip through them while watching TV or listening to a podcast. It trims to length consistently less than +/-.001 all day.” The Giraud also indexes off the shoulder while the Henderson trims based on Cartridge Overall Length (OAL).

Henderson Gen 3 Trimmer Details

The Henderson Trimmer is available from HendersonPrecision.com for $779.00. When ordering, you must select a caliber and a collet size. Expect to wait a bit for delivery, depending on the cartridge type(s) you load. Available calibers are: .223, .243 (6mm), .25, .264 (6.5mm), .277, .284 (7mm), .308, and .338.

Henderson case timer powered Gen 3 brass trimming machine

Product Description: The Gen 3 powered case trimmer uses a powerful, single-speed DC motor. The DC motor is extremely smooth and quiet and powers the spindle at around 1700 rpm. The enclosed aluminum motor mount shroud bolts directly to the bearing housing. The 90-volt DC motor offers maximum torque at 1700 rpm where you need it most. The motor has an in-line on/off switch for easy control. The Tri-Trim case trimmer includes one Henderson Precision Taper-Lock cutting head with Forster pilots as well as one Forster collet. The Taper-Lock cutter provides a 14 degree inside chamfer and 30 degree outside chamfer. The following cutter heads are available: 224, 243, 25, 264, 277, 284, 308, 338.

Henderson case timer powered Gen 3 brass trimming machine

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November 19th, 2021

Print Handy “Cheat Sheet” Ballistics Drop Chart for Your Rifle

Hornady Ballistics Calculator

Hornady Ballistics CalculatorNeed a simple, easy-to-use drop chart for your rifle? Something you can tape right to the buttstock? Then check out Hornady’s handy Online Ballistics Calculator. This user-friendly calculator will compute your drops accurately, and output a handy “Cheat Sheet” you can print and attach to your rifle.

Here’s how it works. From the Ballistics Calculator Page, simply input G1 or G7 BC values, muzzle velocity, bullet weight, zero range, and a few other variables.

Click “Calculate” to view the full chart (shown below). Then click “View Cheatsheet” and the simpler, 4-line Drop Chart (shown above) appears. Click “Print” and you’re done!

The online ballistics caculator is easy to use. You can select the basic version, or an advanced version with more data fields for environmental variables (altitude, temperature, air pressure, and humidity). You can also get wind drift numbers by inputing wind speed and wind angle.

Conveniently, on the trajectory output, come-ups are listed in both MOA and Mils — so this will work with either MOA clicks or Mil-based clicks. There are more sophisticated ballistics solvers available on the web (such as the outstanding Applied Ballistics Online Calculator), but the Hornady Calculator is very simple and easy to use. If you just want a basic drop chart, you may want to check this out.

Hornady Ballistics Calculator

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November 19th, 2021

Nosler Reloading Guide 9 Has Data for 101 Cartridge Types

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Nosler now offers the Nosler Reloading Guide #9, the latest in a respected series of hardback Nosler load manuals. This 800-page guide covers 101 cartridge types. New in this edition you’ll find the popular 6mm Creedmoor, 6mm XC, 6.5 PRC, and 7.62×39, along with 20 Nosler, 22 Nosler, 24 Nosler, 27 Nosler and 33 Nosler. This new guide draws from thousands of hours in the Nosler Ballistic Lab, along with the experience of many respected experts.

The book is available now for $27.99 at Grafs.com. In addition, much of the book’s latest load data is available for free on the Nosler.com online LOAD DATA Center. But to get ALL the data, PLUS the technical articles, you’ll need to buy the book.

The Nosler Reloading Guide 9 Reloading Manual provides load data for 101 rifle and handgun cartridges with hundreds of new powder additions. A comprehensive data set for today’s reloader, this manual is current with every bullet that Nosler offers through 2020 from 17 caliber up to 458 caliber in the rifle section and 9mm up to 45 caliber in the handgun section. Nine new cartridges were added to this manual. These include: 20 Nosler, 22 Nosler, 24 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor, 6mm XC, 6.5 PRC, 27 Nosler, 7.62×39 and 33 Nosler. Also new for the Nosler Reloading Guide #9 are cartridge introductions written by veteran outdoor writers and industry tech experts. The 800-page book also has helpful “how-to” sections such as “Getting Ready to Reload”.

Nosler reloading guide number 9 9th edition handbook book load data manual
Nosler reloading guide number 9 9th edition handbook book load data manual

Q. Why Buy a Book when Load Data is Available Online from Powder Makers?

There are good, solid reasons to buy print-format loading guides produced by bullet-makers. If you go to the Hodgdon online Reloading Data Center you’ll only find loads with Hodgdon, IMR, and Winchester powders — the key brands they sell. In a book such as this Nosler #9 or the Sierra Reloading Manual, you will find loads with a much wider selection of powders including Vihtavuori, Alliant, Accurate, Norma, Ramshot, and other brands. You won’t find a Reloder 16 or VV N140 load on Hodgdon’s website.

In addition, it is handy to have loads in a print edition which is easy to access on your load bench. You don’t need a computer or an internet connection. And using a book is often faster than a web interface when quickly scanning through a variety of bullet choices for a cartridge.

Along with the Nosler #9 Manual, here are four other recommended Reloading Manuals:

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November 17th, 2021

Rebate Case Rims to Shoot Bigger Brass in PPC Actions

30BR 6 PPC rim rebated Butch Lambert

Many short-range Benchresters have thought about converting their 6 PPC to shoot a 30BR for score matches, or a Dasher for mid-range (or even 1000-yard) games. That way you have a rifle that does double duty, giving you the most bang for your buck. Though an action with a PPC bolt won’t normally work with 30BR/6BR/Dasher cases with their larger .308-class rim (0.4728″ diameter), there is a pretty easy solution that allows you to cycle these bigger cartridges with a 6PPC-style bolt (designed to fit .220 Russian rims).

“Rebating case rims … lets you shoot a 30BR in score matches using your PPC action. All you need is a new barrel. This saves buying another bolt, receiver, or rifle.” — Butch Lambert

Butch Lambert of ShadeTree Engineering provided this tip. Butch notes that many 6 PPC benchrest group shooters also enjoy shooting in score matches. But to be really competitive in the BR for score game, that means shooting a 30BR, which has a wider, .308-class rim (0.4728″ diameter). Likewise, if you want to compete in 600-yard registered BR events or in varmint matches, you probably want to run a bigger case, such as the 6BR, 6mm Dasher, or 6-6.5×47. Those cartridges also have the larger 0.4728″ rims.

30Br Butch Lambers 6 PPC

Rebate Your 30 BR Rims
To convert a PPC-boltface action to shoot bigger cases you can spend a ton of money to buy a new bolt. That can cost hundreds of dollars. The simpler solution is to turn down the diameter of the larger cases on a lathe. Butch explains: “We’ve seen plenty of interest in rebating case rims. This lets you shoot a 30BR in score matches using your PPC action. All you need is a new barrel. This saves buying another bolt, receiver, or rifle if you have a PPC boltface. Anyone who has access to a lathe can do this job pretty easily. Yesterday I turned 150 case in about an hour.”

At right is the lathe form tool Butch uses to rebate the case rims.

Cutting Head for Rebating Rims

Editor’s Note: Butch Lambert (and his wife) recently returned from the hospital. We send our best wishes to the Lamberts for a full recovery and happier times in the days ahead.

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November 16th, 2021

Improve Weighing Consistency by Reducing Static Charges

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In the wintertime, it’s common to encounter problems with static electricity when throwing your powder charges. The static can cause powder kernels to cling to the surface of reloading components, and can cause powder clumping. Clumped or sticky powder may make your measure bind or grab in the middle of the cycle, which can throw off your charge weight. Here are a couple simple ways you can minimize the effects of static electricity and improve the consistency of your powder measuring.

Ground Your Powder Measure — If you’re throwing powder charges in the fall or winter and have problems with bridging or sticking powder, use a ground wire. Bullet-smith Victor Johnson (Johnson Precision Bullets) tells us: “I have a 25-foot piece of real small wire with alligator clips on each end. It’s that long so I can run it down the hall to a water pipe. Use the wire tie from a bread bag to hold it in a small roll to put in the range box. When using it at the range use a 6″ nail from the co-op or Lowe’s / Home Depot and just push it into the ground.”

Use Bounce Dryer Sheets — A quick pass with the thin sheets used in dryers will eliminate “static cling” on your plastic reloading parts like powder throwers, powder funnels, and reloading press guides. Thanks to Doc76251 for this tip.


Reduce Electronic Scales’ Drift with Anti-Static Spray

Reloading Tip by GS Arizona from Riflemans Journal

Digital Scale Static Guard Static ElectricityApparently reducing static charges on and around electronic scales can reduce their propensity to drift, lessening the problem of “wandering zero”. Just how and why static charges interfere with scale performance is unclear, but many shooters have noticed that static electricity can cause electronic scales to behave strangely. So how do you reduce static charges around your digital balance? GS Arizona has found a very simple solution — an anti-static aerosol spray — that, by all indications, actually works. When this “spray-can solution” was suggested by a fellow shooter, GS was skeptical. However, he tried the stuff and he says that it really does help the scale maintain zero over time, with much less observed drift.

GS explains that the use of “Static Guard” spray helped mitigate the problem of a drifting zero on his Ohaus electronic scale: “My electronic scale… suffers from drifting zero (as they all seem to). I’ve read dozens of forum posts about drift and how to minimize its occurrence, so I know this problem isn’t limited to my scale or my workshop. Sometime last year, John Lowther mentioned the use of anti-static spray as a solution to the drift problem. John stated that the spray had virtually eliminated drift for him.”

Digital Scale Static Guard Static Electricity

GS found that the Static Guard actually worked: “The spray works great, just as John said it would. I spray all surfaces that I touch with my hands and arms as well as the pan (top and bottom), the metal tray on which the pan rests and the table under the scale. In six months or so of using the spray I’ve re-applied it about two or three times; it certainly isn’t something that you need to do each time you sit down to load. Before using the spray, it was not uncommon for me to re-zero the scale 10 times in the course of loading 72 rounds; now it might need it once during a session.”

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November 15th, 2021

Bargain Finder 321: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Bruno Shooters Supply — Reloading Press Sale

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Good sale on single-stage and turret presses

Bruno’s is running a good SALE on Reloading presses, with some of the best prices we’ve found. Get significant savings on RCBS, Lyman, and Redding presses — single-stage presses along with turret presses. The classic RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme is now $180.00 at Bruno’s — that’s $30 cheaper than MidwayUSA. Check out these offerings:

RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme, $180.00
RCBS Reloader Special 5 Press, $152.95
RCBS Partner Press, $89.95
Redding T-7 Turret, $229.95
Lyman Brass Smith Victory, $150.00
Lyman Brass Smith Idea, $86.00

2. Norma — Centerfire and Rimfire Ammo Direct from Norma

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Great savings on excellent ammo, plus free shipping over $150

Good news for rimfire and centerfire shooters. Norma is now selling ammunition direct through its website NormaShooting.com at very competitive prices. What’s more you get FREE Shipping on all orders over $150, plus free insurance with all orders. Norma’s online ammo store has both centerfire and rimfire ammunition “in stock, ready to ship… there is plenty of ammo for sale at Norma Shooting.” The Norma 9mm Luger ammo is a good value at $17.99 for 50 rounds. And Norma’s 55gr .223 Rem ammo is just $15.49 for 30 rounds, 30% OFF the regular price.

3. Savage — November Rimfire Rebate — $50 or $25 Back

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Get $50 or $25 money-back rebate on Savage rimfire rifles

Let Rimfire Ring… Purchase any Savage A or B Series rimfire rifle and receive a $50 mail-in Rebate, or purchase any Savage Rascal, 93, or 93R17 Rifle and receive a $25 mail-in Rebate. These rebate offers apply to rifle purchases between 11/1/2021 through 11/30/2021. CLICK HERE for Rebate INFO. Purchasers can REDEEM Online or return their Rebate Form through the mail. DEADLINE for mail-in or online submission is 12/31/2021.

4. Midway USA — Vortex Scopes Clearance Sale, Save 30-35%

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Big-time 30-35% savings on many popular Vortex riflescopes

Vortex Optics riflescopes are reliable and are protected by one of the best warranties in the business. Right now you can save big on Vortex scopes for competition and hunting. Save 30-35% with MidwayUSA’s Vortex Clearance Sale. In addition to the optics shown above, there are a dozen other models on sale including: Viper PST Gen II 3-15x44mm, Viper HS 6-24x50mm, Viper HS LR 4-16x44mm, Viper HS 2.5-10x40mm, Viper 3-9x40mm, Viper 4-12x40mm, Viper PST 1-4x24mm and more.

5. CDNN Sports — Winchester Wildcat with Reflex Optic, $299.99



Handy .22 LR rimfire with Reflex optic, and easy take-down

Here’s fun, functional rimfire rifle for under $300 with reflex optic. This special edition .22 LR Winchester Wildcat features a field-removable lower receiver, ambidextrous magazine release, integral Picatinny top rail, and rear barrel access for easy cleaning. There is even a Picatinny rail on underside of forearm for mounting bipod or accessories. This SHOT Show Special Wildcat comes with a Reflex-style electronic optic, plus ghost ring rear sight and post front sight. TFB praised the one-button takedown and 10/22 magazine compatibility (see video). This can be a great fun plinker or first rifle for a family member. CDNN Sports also offers the Wildcat without Reflex sight for $279.99.

6. Amazon — BOG Deathgrip Aluminum Tripod, $137.99

Bogpod black aluminum deathgrip PRS tripod hunting
Versatile tripod mounts quickly, securely — use for PRS/NRL or hunting.

This is a great tripod for long-range hunters and PRS/NRL competitors. The Clamp-type head quickly secures to your rifle’s forearm for a secure shooting solution. The BOG Deathgrip Aluminum Tripod is on sale now on Amazon for $137.99 (add to cart to see price). If weight is critical, there is also a lighter BOG carbon fiber tripod for $249.99. For the extra $112 you save a pound in total weight (7.5 lbs for carbon vs. 8.5 lbs for aluminum).

7. MidwayUSA — Frankford Large Rotary Tumbler, $149.99

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Big Capacity, Great Deal — save $77 over typical price

If your brass is dirty on the outside or if you want to get it “squeaky clean” before annealing, a Rotary Wet Tumbler is a smart option. Right now the large, full-size Frankford Rotary Tumbler is on sale. Order it now from MidwayUSA for just $149.99 including 5 pounds of 304 stainless media pins and a packet of Frankford Brass Cleaning Solution. NOTE: You must ADD to CART to see that $149.99 price. This a great deal — this tumbler sells elsewhere for $220 or more. Note: if you already have stainless media, you can also buy the unit by itself from Amazon for $149.99, with free shipping for Prime members.

8. Amazon — Padded 64″x21″ Roll-Up Shooting Mat, $36.79

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Affordable padded mat rolls up for easy transport

When shooting prone, it’s really important to be comfortable. You need a good mat that offers some padding along with plenty of room for your gear. The Redneck Convent Padded Shooters Mat fits the bill. Measuring 64 inches by 21 inches it boasts plenty of room and features 1/2″ padding top to bottom. This mat rolls up for easy storage/transport (Rolled size is 21″x8″) with handy built-in rolling straps. This is also available in Black for $35.99.

9. Midsouth — Hornady Quick Change Die Bushing Kit, $17.99

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Great upgrade to any brand single-stage reloading press

With this inexpensive Hornady Lock-N-Load Die Conversion Kit, you can swap dies in and out of a press in a few seconds. This is great if you worth with multiple cartridge types, or size and seat on the same single-stage press. Simply insert the Hornady conversion bushing into a Rock Chucker or other press that uses a standard 1-1/4:12 thread. Then put the die bushing on your die. This Lock-N-Load Conversion Kit includes three die bushings and one conversion bushing.

10. Amazon — 12″ x 12″ Splatter Grid Targets, 10 for $10.99

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Great for hunting rifle Sight-In and easy to estimate group size

This 12″x12″ Splatterburst Target combines splatter shot marking with a grid background, with five aiming points. The bright neon shot circles make it easy to see your shots. And the handy grid lets you quickly estimate your group size. Get a 10-pack for $10.99, or a 25-pack for $18.99 (better deal). This particular target has earned rave reviews — 87% of verified buyers gave this a FIVE-Star rating. One example: “Excellent quality and durability. The adhesive is really strong and the splatter contrast is [great].”

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November 12th, 2021

Find .22 LR Rimfire Ammo at Best Prices with AmmoSeek

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2021 has been a crazy year in our nation, with significant inflation and supply chain issues, along with continuing pandemic concerns. Because primers are so costly and good reloading powders are hard to find, many shooters are switching to .22 LR rimfire rifles for fun, training, and competition. But as the demand for .22 LR rimfire ammo rises, the good stuff sells out quickly, and prices edge upward. But thankfully, there’s a reliable online resource, Ammoseek.com, that can help you find quality rimfire ammo at good prices — all with just a couple clicks.

Back in the Good Old Days — When .22 LR ammo was plentiful and inexpensive!
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Find All Types of Ammunition Fast with AmmoSeek.com

Here’s a great search service that can help you locate hard-to-find ammunition and reloading components — while saving money in the process. AmmoSeek.com monitors dozens of online vendors — checking current pricing and available inventory, for pistol, rifle, and shotgun ammunition. Looking for .22 LR ammo for your rimfire trainer or NRL 22 rig? Just select the cartridge type (.22LR) from AmmoSeek’s “Quick Seek” menu or CLICK HERE.

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These results are from 11/9/2021 in the afternoon. CLICK HERE to get the latest updates.

.22 LR Rimfire Ammo in Stock Now at Midsouth, Brownells, Creedmoor Sports
We were pleased to see that Creedmoor Sports and Midsouth Shooters have some quality ELEY and SK ammo in stock. SK is a Nammo brand, like Lapua. It looks like Brownells has some .22 LR ammo also. We favor all these vendors. Brownells, Midsouth, and Creedmoor Sports have all been solid supporters of this site for many years. They all offer outstanding customer service and support.

And Now, to Go Shoot that Rimfire Ammo, Consider a New 22…

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Looking for a great .22 LR rifle for NRL22 competition? Check out the CZ 457
Pursuit of Accuracy is an excellent YouTube channel that focuses on “practical precision” .22 LR rimfire shooting. Channel creator Joshua has tested a number of rifles with a variety of ammo types. While he loves top-end rigs like the Vudoo V22, Josh tells us that a CZ 457 with a trigger and barrel upgrade is hard to beat for the money. In this video Josh compares the CZ 457 with the much more expensive Vudoo V22. On his channel Josh tests a wide variety of .22 LR rimfire ammo from Aguila, CCI, ELEY, Lapua, SK and more. He also shows the result of lot testing and sorting.

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November 12th, 2021

Check Primer Pocket Depth and Diameter with Handy Tools

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One side of this gauge is the “go” side which quickly tells you the depth of a primer pocket, whether any crimp is properly removed, and whether the primer pocket is loose. If it feels loose on the “go” side, use the other end of the tool, the “no go” side, to test to see if the primer pocket is too loose to hold a primer. If the no-go slides into the pocket, then you know to junk that brass.

Primer Pocket Growth and Useful Case Life
Repeated firings at stout pressures can cause primer pockets to grow in diameter. This can create an unsafe condition if your primers are not seating properly. Are your primer pockets “good to go”, or have they been pushed to the point of no return? Do you really know? Many guys try to gauge primer pocket tightness by “feel”, as they seat the primer. But that method isn’t precise. Now there’s a better way…

Primer depth diameter gauge brass cartridgeThe folks at Ballistictools.com have created a handy set of precision-machined gauges that let you quickly and accurately check your primer pockets. These gauges (aka “gages”) are offered in two sizes — for large and small primer pockets. A two-piece set of both large and small gauges costs just $22.99. These gauges let you quickly measure the depth of a primer pocket, and check if the crimp has been removed properly. Most importantly, the gauge tells you if the primer pocket has opened up too much. One side of the gauge has an enlarged diameter plug. If that “No-Go” side fits in the primer pocket, you should ditch the case — it’s toast.

CLICK HERE to order Small and Large Primer Pocket Swage Gage™ Set from Ballistictools.com.

Precision ground from O-1 tool steel, The Ballistic Tools primer pocket gauges serve multiple functions. The inventor of these tools explains: “I created the prototype of this tool for my own use in brass processing. I needed a way to quickly and easily measure primer pockets that was reliable and did not require wasting a primer. This tool has been indispensable for me and I would never go back to the old method of uncertainty and guessing.”

Product tip from Boyd Allen. We welcome reader submissions.
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